Zagreb (MTI) – A conflict between the Croatian government and Hungarian oil and gas company MOL is ongoing but this is not directly a conflict between the Croatian and Hungarian governments, Hungary’s ambassador in Croatia said in an interview published by daily Vecernji List on Saturday.

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Gabor Ivan said five talks had been held between MOL and Croatia in the past 13 months, and every time the Hungarian company proposed discussing strategic matters Croatia insisted on discussing only company management issues.

“My impression is the interest in resolving the problems is one-sided,” Ivan said. On the Croatian side, some are trying to make political capital out of the conflict, even to the detriment of INA’s future, he added.

Asked whether the US was influencing MOL not to sell its INA shares to Russia, he said two meetings had been held with US government officials, who offered to help by intermediating between the Croatian government and MOL. The Hungarian company has accepted this and “as far as I know the Croatian side is still thinking about the offer.”

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